Giovanni van Bronckhorst believes his players will be ready for Saturday’s Scottish Cup final against Hearts after their Europa League disappointment.
The Light Blues were physically and mentally devastated after the 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night in Seville.
Things had been looking good for the Gers when Joe Aribo scored in the 57th minute, but Colombia striker Rafael Borre equalized in the 68th minute to send the game into overtime.
Then came the penalty shootout, with substitute Aaron Ramsey saving his penalty from Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp, the hero of the night after his save from Ryan Kent at the end of extra time.
Gers skipper James Tavernier scored, as did substitutes Steven Davis, Scott Arfield and Kemar Roofe, while Christopher Lenz, Ajdin Hrustic, Daichi Kamada, Filip Kostic and Borre scored their penalties for Frankfurt, who celebrated while Rangers focused their attention on the last Game of the Season judged at Hampden Park and another chance to win silverware.
Van Bronckhorst said: “Of course it won’t be easy to prepare them because it’s emotional.
“We are hurt and disappointed. We had the biggest game of the year last night but we have to play on Saturday.
“We’re flying back today with just one day of preparation, it won’t be easy but we’ll make it, we’ll be ready for Saturday and try to end the season with a trophy.”
The former Netherlands captain was pleased with his players’ performances during the 120 minutes in Spain and also with reaching their first final in 14 years.
He said: “Obviously that was a huge disappointment.
“If you lose a grand final in Europe, it will hurt.
“But I can’t complain about what my players gave last night and before last night, but in the end it was a really close game, it went down to penalties and we lost. They gave 100 percent and that’s all you can ask as a coach.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/emotionally-shattered-rangers-have-to-pick-themselves-up-for-scottish-cup-final-after-heartbreak-in-seville-41665341.html Emotionally shaken Rangers have to pick themselves up for the Scottish Cup final after heartbreak in Seville